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Diesel fuel’s average price will drop 15 cents next year to $3.77 a gallon from this year’s projected $3.92 average, the Department of Energy said Dec. 10.
This year’s projected price is near its current level of about $3.88, DOE said in its monthly short-term energy outlook.
Regular-grade gasoline will average $3.23 this month, down a penny from November and 30 cents below September, DOE said.
Gasoline’s national average was about $3.27 this week, according to DOE’s regular weekly survey, released Dec. 9.
This year’s fuel prices are below last year’s when diesel averaged $3.97 and gasoline averaged $3.63.
Diesel has averaged $3.93 per gallon this year through November, and gasoline has averaged $3.53. Prices have declined in the past few months, with diesel dropping about a dime and gas down more than 30 cents since Labor Day.